GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN D
Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all but a pre-hormone that is made in our skin after it is exposed to sunshine, specifically only UV-B radiation. Vitamin D is responsible for helping our genes to code for proteins properly – which means it is involved in thousands of functions in the body and thus a deficiency can contribute to a high list of disorders. Vitamin D is essential for our bone health, health of our immune system, brain and nervous system, and the health of our digestive track.
How do you get Vitamin D?
The main, and best, source of vitamin D is sun-exposure. UV-B radiation generates the active form of Vitamin D, Vitamin D3. You can also get some (but not all) vitamin D from farm fresh eggs, organic pasture butter, fish, fish oil, and grass fed meats. Note the Vitamin D3 from milk, margarine and bread is all added in processing and not naturally occurring in the food. Additionally, the inflammatory effect to the body of these foods ends up counteracting the benefits of the added vitamin D.
It turns out that the suns rays between 10 am – 2 pm is the ideal intensity to get the best dose of vitamin D. We used to be told to avoid the sun between 10 am – 2 pm, and I don’t recommend staying out for four hours at that time, thirty minutes a day is sufficient.
Vitamin D Deficiency
We are experiencing an epidemic Vitamin D deficiency that is highly correlated to osteoporosis, osteopenia, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHA, stomach problems, heart disease, inflammation, poor wound healing, and poor immune function. We need to be outside – under the sun – for our health!
Additionally, Vitamin D deficiency is correlated to an INCREASED incidence of more than 18 cancers including colon, rectal, breast, bladder, brain, endometrial, esophagus, gallbladder, lungs, ovaries, pancreas, prostate, kidney, stomach, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, and MELANOMA.
I thought skin cancer was caused by sun exposure?
Any and all cancers are never caused by only one factor. Cancer is caused by a genetic defect in a cell that is allowed to take root in the body due a combination of immune dysfunction, poor liver function (toxic chemicals in sunscreen can contribute to this), and an unresolved emotional trauma. Sunburns can contribute to disease, sun exposure contributes to health. Everything in balance.
Sun, Sunscreen and Vit D recommendations:
Do not burn your skin
Use sunscreen as a last resort after more natural choices
Get outside for 30 minutes everyday between 10 and 2
Get your Vitamin D tested to see what level you are at
If additional supplementation is needed take a minimum of 2,000 IUs liquid Vitamin D3 everyday, all year, as recommended by your Naturopathic Doctor